05 Nov Are Corns Contagious?
Do You Have Corns?
No, we’re not talking about candy corn, even though it is the Halloween season. We’re talking about the ugly and sometimes painful bumps that grow on your feet. Here are some facts you should know about corns.
They’re Not Contagious
Are you worried about catching corns? Corns are not warts. They don’t spread from one person to another or from one part of your body to another.
You get corns from anything that causes regular, repeated friction on the skin of your feet. Some things that cause corns include:
- Wearing high heels.
- Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly.
- Frequent walking, running, or another exercise.
- Working on your feet.
They’re Not the Same as Calluses
Corns and calluses are both caused by friction, but there are some key differences. Calluses usually form around the foot without a distinct shape. Corns have a distinctive hard, round shape that makes them look like tiny pebbles. Some corns have a cone shape.
You can get calluses anywhere on your body, but only your feet can develop corns. Calluses are usually not painful, but corns can hurt if you press on them.
Treatment and removal methods are the same for corns and calluses.
There Are Three Types of Corns
There are three types of corn. Hard corns, as the name implies, have a hard texture. If you press on them, they don’t yield. Soft corns are flexible and easy to bend. Seed corns are tiny spots of hardened skin that can appear between your toes, on your soles, or in between larger corns.
Corns Can Get Infected
Sometimes, corns can get infected. If the skin around the cracks, infections can enter and spread into your foot. This gives rise to infection. If the skin around your corn is red and swollen, you may have an infection. Some corns will ooze pus when they’re infected.
In more serious cases, the corn becomes ulcerated, meaning it develops a sore that doesn’t heal. This is particularly dangerous if you have diabetes or another chronic condition. If your corns appear infected or cause you to concern for any reason, visit a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Can You Cure Corns at Home?
Here’s a simple way to remove corns and calluses at home.
1. Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 20 to 30 minutes to soften the corns. You can also soak with Epsom salts.
2. Use a foot file or pumice stone to scrape off the dead skin.
3. Moisturize your feet. Use a lotion that contains urea, which is helpful for skin conditions like cracked heels, corns, eczema, and psoriasis. Urea helps skin retain moisture. Corns and other conditions often result in dry, cracked skin. Urea can boost the moisture levels in the skin of your feet.
4. Avoid wearing tight shoes, high heels, or other shoes that cause friction. Wear protective pads or wedges to prevent more friction on the corns.
5. For more severe cases, try using a patch or lotion containing salicylic acid. If you have diabetes, foot ulcers, or another chronic condition, don’t use salicylic acid without a doctor’s supervision.
Can a Podiatrist Treat Corns?
If your corns are hard and difficult to remove, your foot care specialist can remove them in the office by trimming and cutting the dead skin. Your doctor may also apply a salicylic acid patch or prescribe custom orthotics.